Staying Safe When Boating!

Staying Safe When Boating!

Content shared from National Safety Council.

With nearly 12 million recreational vessels registered in the U.S., millions of Americans are enjoying time on and in the water.

Stay safe by being prepared and using the appropriate equipment, whether enjoying a ride on a motorized boat, paddling a kayak or wakeboarding.

1. Life Jackets Are Essential

1. Life jackets are at the core of safe boating, whether using a motorized or non-motorized vessel. The U.S. Coast Guard reports 81% of boating deaths in 2021 were due to drowning, and 83% of the victims were not wearing a life jacket.

2. While regulations on life jacket use vary from state to state, the Wear It program of the National Safe Boating Council promotes boating safety by encouraging boaters to wear life jackets any time they are on a boat, motorized or non-motorized.

3. Good swimmers still need life jackets. When people fall off a boat, they may become disoriented, injured or unconscious. Life jackets can keep victims’ heads above water so they can breathe and be rescued more easily. Every child should wear a life jacket at all times when boating.

4. Double check to make sure the life jackets are U.S. Coast Guard approved and fit correctly.

  • Make sure the jacket is a proper fit for your size and weight
  • Make sure the jacket is properly fastened


2. Get Educated, Reduce Risks

The National Safe Boating Council encourages following these boating safety tips to help minimize risks:


3. Be Prepared

Before setting out:

  • Check that your equipment is in good working order; get a free vessel safety check with your local U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary or U.S. Power Squadron
  • Before you leave, always file a float plan with someone you trust


4. Exercise Good Judgment

  • Respect your limits and keep within your limits to avoid injury
  • Don't drink and drive a boat; alcohol affects judgment, vision, balance and coordination
  • Once on the water, use common sense; in a split second, a situation can arise or the weather can turn
  • If you notice storm clouds, a sudden temperature drop or wind speed increasing, play it safe and get off the water


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